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by Susanna Jones

  • ISBN: 0330490869
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Susanna Jones
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador (January 1, 2002)
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • FB2 size: 1680 kb
  • EPUB size: 1922 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
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view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Susanna Jones lives in Brighton, England.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Paperback: 224 pages. Publisher: Mysterious Press (March 1, 2003).

We had a neighborhood earthquake drill the other morning. I shiver, pointing out to myself that the earthquake bird came only at night so this must be something different

We had a neighborhood earthquake drill the other morning. Of course, you never know when the big one will strike, but there are a few small things you can do to increase your chances of survival. I shiver, pointing out to myself that the earthquake bird came only at night so this must be something different. But the sound carries with it a picture of Lily crouching under my table in the light of the street lamp, and another of her hunched-up body in the shed. I remember the woman, scattered in pieces deep in the bay, whose name I shall never know.

I dressed, stepped over their peaceful bodies, and went outside. I would have a quiet walk before breakfast. The sea was blue under the morning sun, but had lost none of its nighttime magic. The sea was blue under the morning sun, but had lost none of its nighttime magic oked out at the glinting ripples. When I turned my head back to the beach I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a canoe in the sea that had not been there before. Still looking only through the outer edge of my left eye, I was surprised but not alarmed to see the long-lost Brian Church canoeing along the water parallel to my steps

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The Earthquake Bird . Jones’s pacing is skilled and deliberate. Jones’s pacing is skilled and deliberat. .The descriptions are delivered with fluency and intimac.An examination of the slippery nature of truth and memory, obsessions and betrayals, all of which Jones handles with confidence and skill. Publishers Weekly . This small gem of a first nove. nfolds as neatly as origam.In concise prose perfectly suited to its settin. ones captures the sense of a foreign country and culture and creates an unusually provocative protagonist

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The Earthquake Bird is the debut novel by British author Susanna Jones published in 2001. It won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, a Betty Trask Award, and the Crime Writers' Association John Creasy Dagger. The story opens in a Tokyo police station where 34-year-old Lucy Fly is being questioned over the murder of her friend Lily Bridges. Lucy has been in Tokyo for 10 years, is fluent in Japanese, and employed in translating manuals into English

The Earthquake Bird is Susanna Jones's stunning, prize-winning first mystery - now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander.

The Earthquake Bird is Susanna Jones's stunning, prize-winning first mystery - now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander. Winner of the CWA New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the YearWinner of the John Llewellyn Rhys PrizeEarly this morning, several hours before my arrest, I was woken by an earth tremor. for in Tokyo we have a quake like this every month. I am simply relating the sequence of events as it happened. It has been an unusual day and I would hate to forget anything.

that darkens a mood, heightens an action and brings a revealing word to a character's lips-and Susanna Jones has the touch. Books A Million: ww. kqlhce.

The Earthquake Bird by Susanna Jones, read by Kirsty Rider. Novels of psychological suspense hang on the delicacy of the writer's touch-that feathery brushstroke that darkens a mood, heightens an action and brings a revealing word to a character's lips-and Susanna Jones has the touch. -Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Books A Million: ww. Hudson Booksellers: ww. udsonbooksellers. com/book/978014. 80143135081.

In Jones's haunting debut novel, readers are taken inside the mind of Lucy, who has fled a painful past to work as a translator in Japan. It is there that she begins an affair with a secretive photographer named Teiji. But it is when Lucy and Teiji befriend Lily Bridges that Lucy's own life begins to fall apart.
Reviews about The Earthquake Bird (7):
Fenrikasa
This mystery thriller follows a young woman's journey as she leaves behind her native England, hoping to find a home in the distant land of Japan. But the narrative also presents a journey into her inner psyche as Lucy seeks to discover her true identity while forging a place of her own. Is she a murderer, driven by a jealous rage to take the life of a fellow ex-pat? Or is she rather herself the victim, manipulated at every turn by her supposed boy friend and his ever-present camera? The tension between these possibilities mounts steadily as the action immerses both Lucy and the reader in the often strange and mysterious language and culture of Japan. We come to the end of the novel feeling like a swimmer struggling desperately to break the surface into the light of day. All in all, "Earthquake Bird" is a journey well worth the effort.
Bundis
What an intriguing crime story - nothing like any crime I've read before. The crime is very much secondary to the character telling us of the events. The story starts off with Lucy being arrested and, while she is being interrogated, she tells of her life and events leading up to the crime. Some readers will hate the ending - I loved it - and I won't say more about it than that. Hard to believe this was the author's first novel. Not only that, she won an award for it. Beautifully written and the way she writes about Tokyo makes me want to go there and visit! Heartrending and deeply emotional, I couldn't wait to see how it turned out - and wish there was more now it's over!
Carrot
Great story and read.
DART-SKRIMER
I read "The Earthquake Bird" when it was first released in the UK. I normally wouldn't consider writing a review of a book that I had read months ago but in this case the distance works very well. This is a book that just gets better the more you think about it...and think about it you will.
Lucy Fly is a British woman who fled England years ago to live in Japan. Lucy is an enigmatic and detached character who, although allowing us to stroll through her mind, very rarely allows us to enter her heart or her soul. During the many years she has lived in Tokyo, she has made few friends and her central relationship is her affair with Teiji, a man who lives his life through his photographs. Lily Bridges, a young woman escaping her own personal hell in England, enters the lives of these lovers. In doing so, this seemingly naive young woman is the catalyst for the "earthquake" that upsets Lucy's claustrophobic and rather controlled life. For this, it would seem that poor Lily may have paid with her life.
This tightly-woven story unfolds at a slow and steady pace. While often sounding dispassionate, there is an undercurrent of electricity lurking beneath every word. Although it is a tale of passion, rage and obsession, emotions I associate with blazing colors, the story is told in muted shades of black and white. In the film noir style, there are scenes shrouded in a haze of fog, masked in gauze or with slim rays of light falling across small enclosed spaces. While there is no single stunning moment in "The Earthquake Bird," the story in itself is stunning.
At first I was thinking of comparing Ms. Jones' writing to that of Minette Walters, Barbara Vine or Nicci French but, on reflection, I believe that her storytelling skills are far more subtle. This is an extraordinary first outing and I anxiously await Ms. Jones' next book.
Make no mistake about it, "The Earthquake Bird" is Lucy's story and hers alone. She is the narrator and all that happens in the book is in her voice and seen through her eyes. If you want to take a walk on the dark side, I would strongly recommend that you pick up a copy of "The Earthquake Bird" and spend some time with Lucy.
Mr.jeka
I guess, after reading some of the reviews, that readers just get along better with some authors than others. I just put down Fates and Furies, as I just couldn't get into it, albeit well written. The majority of others gave it rave reviews.
This book here was a great find.
I loved the main character. I loved her humor, her sadness, her story, and her simple way of life.
There's a great risk involved which the main character took by moving far from home, created a new life, and she walked into love.
We've all been there. It was a pleasant reminder of a past.
I see the author being in total create writing this. Loved her style. I saw no flaws.
I think she couldn't stop writing this story, just as I couldn't put it down.
Light and easy and fun read. Loved it.
Topmen
When Lucy's friend Lily is murdered, Lucy becomes the main suspect. We meet her while she is being questioned by the police and refusing to answer them. Instead she tells us, the readers, her story. Damaged by events in her early life, Lucy has moved from her Yorkshire home to Japan to try to put the past and her family behind her. She has grown to love her new country but still gives the impression of being very much an outsider looking in.

Susanna Jones' great strength is in creating compelling, enigmatic central characters and Lucy is a fine example of this. She admits to being 'strange' and some of her actions would seem to confirm this. But she tells her story in such a way that the reader can't be sure whether her memories are accurate or distorted by later events. She is oddly likeable despite her insecurities and obsessiveness.

Jones' writing style is spare and well crafted, shot through with shafts of humour and irony, but gradually creating tension that builds throughout the book. Through Lucy's eyes, Jones gives us a convincing picture of life for a young woman in an alien culture and of the crossover between the immigrant community and the native Japanese. She doesn't make the mistake of trying to tie everything up too neatly at the end - Lucy's future remains as enigmatic as her past. An excellent debut novel with all the ingredients that Jones shows in her more recent books. Recommended.

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